(‘New Tricks’, p.8) is the author of, most recently, The Bush, Worst Words and the Quarterly Essay ‘Enemy Within: American Politics in the Time of Trump’.
(‘Base Power’, p.10) is the chief economist at the Australia Institute. His latest book is Econobabble.
(‘The Tallest Tree’, p.14) is the Monthly’s production editor.
(‘Making Tracks’, p.15) is the author of two story collections and the novel A Loving, Faithful Animal. She lives in Hobart.
(‘The Medicine’, p.18) is a doctor and Monthly columnist. Her most recent work is the Quarterly Essay ‘Dear Life’.
(‘Wicked Problems’, p.20) is the political editor of the Australian Financial Review and the author of the Quarterly Essays ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Political Amnesia’.
(‘Rape Among the Lamingtons’, p.28) is the author of Motherhood, the Quarterly Essay ‘Love & Money’, So This Is Life and The Life of I.
(‘The Fighter’, p.40) is Schwartz Media’s morning editor, and a former editor of Junkee.
(‘The State of Our Art’, p.46) is a Sydneybased writer, curator and broadcaster.
(‘Language Woken Up’, p.50) is a writer and historian who teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne. Her books include Otherland, Courage and Traumascapes.
(‘Long Time Coming’, p.52) is a screenwriter and former artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
(‘Feel the Divine’, p.54) is the Monthly’s music critic and the author of Live Through This.
(‘In Light of Recent Events’, p.58) is an illustrator, artist and cartoonist.